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The History of the Zombie Walk

WHAT IS A ZOMBIE WALK?

A Zombie Walk is an organized gathering of people who dress up in zombie costumes and then converge quickly in a public area for surprise and fun. Walks usually in urban areas such as shopping malls or town squares. Participants arrive at a pre-determined time (often at a hidden location) and then emerge as a group to creep in a somewhat orderly fashion through shocked and amused crowds, towards a final destination (usually a cemetery, club, bar or after party).


During the Walk, all participants are encouraged to remain in character as zombies, lurching, shambling, dragging limbs and communicating only in a zombie-like manner (such as grunting, groaning, moaning and slurred calls for “brains”.) Zombie Walks are always free events. With the exception of Zombie Pub Crawls, most walks are family-friendly, so participants of all ages are welcome to join in the fun.


HISTORY OF THE ZOMBIE WALK

The earliest zombie gathering on record was held on August 19th in Sacramento, California. Billed as a “Zombie Parade” it was the brain-child of Bryna Lovig, who suggested the idea as a way to promote a midnight film-festival.


Horror movie enthusiast Thea Munster of Toronto is credited as conceiving of the first Zombie Walk. Tired of the toned down, commercialized event that Halloween had become in the suburbs, she decided to shake things up by dressing up as a zombie and bringing back a little scare into the holiday. In the Fall of 2003, she put up a few flyers around town asking for other zombie fans to join her. On All Hallows Eve, six people gathered together for the first official Zombie Walk. Thea and her friends had such a great time, that it soon became an annual event. Each year, as word got around, more and more friends joined the zombie mob. Eventually, one of those first six participants left and moved to Vancouver, where they started a second walk. 


By 2005, the phenomenon spread just like a virus, primarily through word of mouth, grass roots campaigns and online message boards. Zombie Walks began appearing across America and in the past few years, in other countries such as Australia, China, Denmark, France, New Zealand and the UK. 


In 2008, World Zombie Day was created and coordinated by The It's Alive Show in Pittsburgh, PA. With calls for Zombie Walks all across the globe, close to 32 cities worldwide reported over 7,500 zombies as participating in World Zombie Day on October 26th. "World Zombie Day™ is the day that all ghouls from Kentucky to Kokomo, from Atlanta to Afghanistan, from Washington to Wales, and from Pittsburgh to Puerto Rico can celebrate together! A mass effort will be taken on worldwide to prove that charity, goodwill, and zombie love can flourish in every nation regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, or religion, and no matter where or how we die."


ZOMBIE CHARITY

Zombie Walks often raise awareness for community service events by sponsoring food and blood drives. These are normally chosen as a play on the spread of zombie infection through blood contact and insatiable zombie hunger as popularized in Hollywood films. In 2008, the Pittsburgh Zombie Walk brought in more than one ton of food to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. And on World Zombie Day, a total of 4,153 pounds of food and over than $2,300 in cash was donated to food banks across 32 cities.


GUINNESS WORLD RECORD HOLDER

The NJZW took has set the Guinness World Record for the “Largest gathering of zombies” two separate times. In 2010 the record was claimed with 4,093 undead counted on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. The record was later reclaimed in 2013 with 9,592 participants. The zombies congregated on the boardwalk of Asbury Park on the Jersey Shore. The Zombie Pub Crawl of Minneapolis, Minnesota currently holds the title after reclaiming it in 2014.

THE LARGEST ZOMBIE GATHERING IN THE ENTIRE WORLD.

The Zombie Walk broke the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Gathering of Zombies” in 2010 and AGAIN in 2013!

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